# Re: punctuating the equilibrium: a Christian alternative to randomness

From: Iain Strachan (iain.strachan@eudoramail.com)
Date: Sat Feb 12 2000 - 18:57:11 EST

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IainOn Tue, 11 Feb 2003 18:35:10
Jim Armstrong wrote:
>Just an observation...
>
>Perhaps this is an overtrivialization, but .....
>
>The sequence of digits of which this is a part (and any significant
>portion thereof
>        ...81754637464939319255060400927701671139009848824012...
>is said to be random by all measures of randomness.
>One cannot tell from the sequence whether or not there is an underlying
>"logos".
>Yet, it is part of the expansion of the value of pi, where the value,
The only trouble here is that so is any other sequence of 50 digits.  The only difference being that for any arbitrary sequence of 50 digits you'd expect to have to search 10^50 places to find it, yet I presume this sequence must be taken from the first few thousand digits as you probably got it from the web somewhere.
Incidentally the sequence 999999 occurs in the first few hundred digits; known as the "Feynmann Point" because Feynmann was interested in it.
But I think what Don means (trying to goad him into divulging more of his secret theory ... :-) is something more akin to the following ...
1    58    76     4    64    21    38    79     9    46    57    80     5    60     5    16    30
88     1    77    98    99    79    44    25    21    64    32    96    73    41    75    27    44
94    36    21    84    63    13    20    61    63    37    58    45     4     2    49     1    38
68     9     3    61    61     1     1    19    59     5    37    63    64    69     8    45    44
35    15    68    70    73    48    56    12    45    72    90    27    81    87    23    81    91
23    24     5     7    64    19    85    17    17   100    44    34    31    36   100    59    12
3    46    87
(intent or otherwise left as an exercise to the reader to deduce).  It has a mean of 45 and a standard deviation of 29; so no indication of anything other than a uniform random sequence ..)
Did "God" intervene in the above or not?  Is there an intelligent "logos" hidden in the randomness that doesn't require a laborious search through the digits of pi or whatever your favourite transcendental number is?
Of course, I've already biassed the experiment by suggesting there may be intent hidden there.  But of course I could just be kidding ... :-)
Iain.
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